I honestly don’t know. Although I find the idea of making the motions of getting the fuck out of there is a good thing, I also think that it would be immoral to abandon the Afghans. So, what do we make of Obama’s move to start scaling down the troops?
Well, a lot of people are saying that this is purely political, that he is ignoring the advice of military leaders, and he is only doing this to get more votes in 2012. That could very well be the case, but we need to consider a few things before we roast him on the spit.
First, one of my cohorts posted two charts, one showing that troop levels have steadily increased during Obama’s presidency, and the second showing that casualties have also increased. Now, Obama made the troop surge happen on the recommendation of our military commanders in the hope that it would help stabilize the country. Has it? To be honest, I’m not so sure.
What I do know is that the increased presence in American troops has led to the increased death of American troops. That’s fairly logical: more troops = more combat missions = more targets for terrorists. Many people argue that we should get out of
because the cost in American lives is just not worth it. Those who make that argument have little other choice than to support a move that has the potential to reduce American casualties. Afghanistan
Of course you have the choice to reject that, but then you’re not being logically consistent. Speaking of logical consistency, if you’re a Liberal who believes in human rights and defending those who cannot defend themselves, then you can’t be totally foaming at the mouth to just completely tuck tail and run from
. Would it not be immoral to deny aid to those who cannot help themselves? Afghanistan
And for those who are arguing this from a fiscal standpoint, according to this article from the AP, the war occupies only $120 billion of our annual budget. I know, “only $120 billion?!?!” How can I trivialize such a huge amount of money? Well, when you consider that our budget deficit is over $1 trillion, freeing up $120 billion may not have as large an impact as we would like it to have. It’s definitely a good start, and it’s admirable, but there are other things that are eating away our money at a more staggering rate.
Besides, only some of the people that want to end the war for fiscal reasons actually give a shit about the deficit. Most Democrats seem to want to free up that money just so that we can turn around and spend it on some more shit that will likely produce zero results.
Would a withdrawal be equivalent to fucking over the Afghans? Maybe. But the security of a society and the enforcement of its laws is not the responsibility of a foreign nation. Karzai seems to think that the Afghan people are up to the task, and as long as they don’t start harboring Al Qaeda again, what’s to stop us from leaving? The likelihood of the Afghan government starting to harbor terrorists again is unlikely, because they only have to look to the former government of
to know what consequences those actions portend. Afghanistan
The Libertarian in me says we need to get the fuck out. We need to finish the job as best we can, stop sending our boys and girls to the meat grinder (although it’s not nearly as voracious and destructive as previous wars), and not fucking so much as THINK about touching the savings we will get by ending the prosecution of this war.
The humanitarian in me, however, says that we need to make sure that we’re not consigning them to even more death and misery by leaving.
I clearly don’t have any good answers for this question, but I’m not going to shit allover Obama for this one. He did promise to get us the fuck out of there, and by all accounts most Americans want to get the fuck out of there as well.